Daily Israel Report

Sderot Home Suffers Heavy Damage as PA-Gaza Steps Up Attacks

Palestinian Authority terrorists in Gaza fired at least four rockets at Jewish towns in the Western Negev on Monday afternoon and evening.
By Nissan Ratzlav-Katz
First Publish: 7/16/2007, 11:42 PM

Palestinian Authority terrorists in Gaza fired at least four rockets at Jewish towns in the Western Negev on Monday afternoon and evening. One rocket slammed into a house on Operation Moshe Street in Sderot, causing heavy damage.

Sderot residents hear siren and take cover
Daniel Malichi
Direct hit on home in Sderot blows roof off- July 16, 2007
Daniel Malichi
Hole in side of house where Kassam penetrated - July 16, 2007
Daniel Malichi

Sderot resident Daniel Malichi said, "I heard the Red Color alert, and 10 seconds later, there was a loud explosion, followed by two other explosions. I went outside my home and saw smoke coming out of house in our neighborhood. We heard ambulances... I felt bad that on the radio it is hardly reported. Nobody cares."

A second rocket landed on another street.

A third PA rocket exploded near the perimeter fence of a kibbutz in the western Negev. The location of the fourth Kassam rocket impact site has not yet been identified. Emergency medical services treated several people for shock as a result of the enemy attacks.

In addition to bombing Israeli civilian targets, enemy forces from the PA-Gaza opened fire at IDF soldiers on Monday evening. The soldiers were on patrol along the perimeter fence in northern Gaza when they came under attack. Earlier in the afternoon, Arab gunmen aimed mortar shells at IDF positions adjacent to Gaza, but the mortars fell in PA territory. No injuries were reported in any of the incidents.

Early on Monday morning, Israeli Air Force jets bombed two rocket launchers in northern Gaza. Soldiers reported a direct hit on both targets.

IDF officials recently announced that the number of Kassam rocket attacks has decreased in 2007, in part, thanks to effective air strikes; however, officials also noted that the number of PA mortar shell attacks increased over the same period.

On the day that Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon began implementing his Disengagement Plan to transfer lands near Sderot to the Arabs of Gaza, he declared in a statement:

"The world awaits the Palestinian response – a hand offered in peace or continued terrorist fire.  To a hand offered in peace, we will respond with an olive branch.  But if they chose fire, we will respond with fire, more severe than ever... Those who continue to fight us will meet the full force of the IDF and the security forces."